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A Letter Communicated from Mr. Thoresby F. R. S. to John Evelyn Esquire, Concerning the Cures Done by Mr. Greatrix the Stroke

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A Letter Communicated from Mr. Thoresby F. R. S. to John Evelyn Esquire, Concerning the Cures Done by Mr. Greatrix the Stroke


Published January 1, 1753
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A Letter Communicated from Mr. Thoresby F. R. S. to John Evelyn Esquire, Concerning the Cures Done by Mr. Greatrix the Stroke. Greatrix, M.; Thoresby, M Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775). 1753-01-01. 21:332–334


Publisher Royal Society of London
Language English
Collection philosophicaltransactions; additional_collections

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Reviewer: Prof. Mark - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2011
Subject: Contents/date
Mr. Thoresby is Ralph Thoresby of Leeds. The letter is dated 1699.

There is some question whether Mr. Greatrix (or Greatorex or Greatrakes) the Stroker was a masseur or a faith healer. This letter would seem to indicate that (1) he was indeed a masseur and (2) the "cures" that he effected were understood according to the current understanding of healing.

I will note that Anne Finch, Lady Conway, employed Greatorex to relieve her migraine.
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